Building your own Hawaii minimal house for a vacation’s cost




Kristie Wolfe spent $5000 to build herself a tiny home on wheels in her hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. It started off as a yearlong experiment in simple living, but she liked it so much she decided to keep living small, not only in Idaho, but she began looking for land to build a tiny vacation home.
She bought a plot of land in Hawaii sight-unseen for $8000. A year later she bought a plane ticket, packed her bags full of tools and with the help of her mother, began to build a bamboo “treehouse” that to fit the surrounding jungle (though rather than using trees for support, she built it on stilts). After two months of building every day “from dawn to dusk” and an $11,000 investment, she had a second home.
For Wolfe, the fact that it’s small- 15’ by 15’ or 225 square feet- is an asset. “My original house was 97 square feet so that was really tiny so this feels huge… I think small homes are beautiful because it fits with my lifestyle. I think having a lot of stuff mentally weighs you down even in ways that you don’t realize.”
Building her own home meant that Kristie was able to design everything custom: from a toilet-sink to save water (she’s not only off-grid, but she relies on rainwater capture for water) to an indoor/outdoor shower with cork-bark tiling. Whether she ever moves here permanently or simply moves on to building yet another home, she now knows she can build her own shelter.

Filming credit: Ivan Nanney – IvanTheIntrepid.com

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35 Comments

  1. Michael Teter
    October 27, 2017
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    So well done and creative. Very impressive! Regarding insurance, just pay into saving each month as if you were paying home insurance. Self-insured is great when allowed.

  2. ApexMike
    October 28, 2017
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    "I love interior design and architecture." Clearly! She's done amazing stuff here with very little.

  3. Don Quixote
    October 28, 2017
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    Great idea… a total disruptor! Does she do consulting project?

  4. seapearltoo1
    October 29, 2017
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    The written description says she spent 5K however she states 11K…is the 11K including the land?

  5. seapearltoo1
    October 29, 2017
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    Oh, my bad…i see now that the 5K was the cost of the first tiny home.

  6. Margaret Warren
    October 31, 2017
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    Beauitful

  7. Martin Sorra
    November 6, 2017
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    Not enough women like this in the world.Just finished watching her hobbit house video.Just fantastic,wish i was half a lifetime younger and could meet someone like her.

  8. mary lang
    November 8, 2017
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    hope to meet you soon, need help building a small house for me and my baby 🙂

  9. Will McGuire
    November 10, 2017
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    great idea on the toilet! very cool

  10. Ericka DaBoss By Nature
    November 10, 2017
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    I honestly didn't believe she did this at all. Lol but once she starts describing everything, you can tell she knows her shit.

  11. Dilly Dally
    November 11, 2017
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    I have doubts that one person could move that heavy material that high

  12. seapearltoo1
    November 11, 2017
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    i was thinking about the toilet refill idea which at first i thought was pretty cool…but then i thought about it from a hygiene perspective and i changed my mind. 🙁
    The bacteria etc. you are rinsing (and not washing with a soap/cleanser?) off your hands goes directly into the toilet tank and also refills bowl. Not at all sanitary! Still enjoy your creative designing in the rest of the project though!!

  13. Archie
    November 13, 2017
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    I have never heard of a plexiglass saw

  14. Albert Anvil
    November 13, 2017
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    It really made me want to build my own house but for everyday life. I don't want to give my money to others and I agree when you say that building your own house is perhaps the most empowering thing you can do. If you can provide self shelter you could be ready for other natures challenges 🙂

  15. MrTruth111
    November 14, 2017
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    She is so lovely, wish there were more women like this.

  16. Mario Garcia
    November 15, 2017
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    Great video. How did you find the land?

  17. ana parcetic
    November 16, 2017
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    This lady is wow. COngrats, you inspited me so much, and moved me. Thank you super woman!

  18. Andrew Burtschin
    November 19, 2017
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    shes legit my dreamgirl. shes perfect and I love the house!

  19. Scott Kitchell
    November 27, 2017
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    very impressive

  20. travis loksta
    November 27, 2017
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    this is amazing

  21. travis loksta
    November 27, 2017
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    its beautiful like u:)

  22. Norito Chip
    November 27, 2017
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    I wanna build a tiny house SO BAD

  23. Mike Mac
    November 27, 2017
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    Hi, are you still on the big island?? Do you help people build tiny homes? We are coming to big island with about $50,000. We have a 4 year old daughter, we want to build a 2story tiny home. Can you please let me know if you help people build tiny homes too? Thank you!

  24. Cass H
    November 27, 2017
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    YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING!!

  25. North Poll TV
    November 28, 2017
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    She is very impressive and I like the house, but I really don't understand the space at ground level. In that damp environment covered space would be highly valuable and could be put to much better use, like a workshop or something. Maybe that's her next project.

  26. Johnny Knoxville
    November 29, 2017
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    who spends $11,000 on a vacation unless you're a millionaire? send me a DM (owner) let's get to know each other better.

  27. Sam B
    November 30, 2017
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    Wow!!!! I love both houses. Very different but so cool in their own way offering spectacular views. Idk how u learned how to do the wiring and plumbing so good that you can't even tell but yet it's right in front of you. But my favorite part is the small art work u have here and there that makes it worth ten times the amount u built it for.

  28. C H
    December 1, 2017
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    Wow – skilled, and boy is she beautiful

  29. I'm dead again
    December 1, 2017
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    This lady is the real life WONDER WOMAN…

  30. Bridgitt Jones
    December 1, 2017
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    Beautiful

  31. Mikki Yeong
    December 2, 2017
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    i agree with you at the end,building your own house does give you this satisfied and awesome feeling that you can make it on your own,i really wish i could build my own home somewhere,but unlike you i am just another low income woman,so buying land isn't an option for me,and the restaurant business isn't gonna be better any time soon,but hell would i love to learn how to build my own house and get the chance to do it and when it is finished i can move to my own place and be free from all the city life i used to love but nowadays i feel smothered by it.

  32. CALI FORLENZA
    December 2, 2017
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    wheres the kitchen

  33. Thelma Bee
    December 3, 2017
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    Wish I could do that , great job.

  34. Taco Pro
    December 3, 2017
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    Perfect home, location, price, work ethic and attitude. Loved it when she said that everyone wanted her to build it on the ground and and she built it the way she wanted it.

  35. Jason Mady
    December 3, 2017
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    Amazing! Well done!

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